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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Square-Enix E3 line-up (SO1&2 confirmed, IU/CT playable) on: July 09, 2008, 01:29:33 PM
Hope they redo SO2's battle voices, at least let us turn them off...
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: July 09, 2008, 12:57:27 PM
I think it was the Triangle button that brought up the automaps, but then again, I haven't played the game in a while :/ Having to go for an eternity without being able to save is another offender in my book (especially in Nocturne where enemies can kill you *very* easily). And at least have a quick-delete-save so players can quit/resume the game at any point, a feature that also doesn't affect the balance of a game in any way.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fire Emblem DS on: July 08, 2008, 07:45:12 PM
I really have to try one of these games...this this will be a remake of the first, 'twould be a perfect entry point for me ^^
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: July 07, 2008, 11:18:16 PM
Unpredictable/inconsistent turn order in most old-school turn-based RPGs, which is annoying especially if your characters are low on HP, and they kill a character before your healing executes, and your healing goes to waste. It's annoying when turn order varies, as well, since theoretically, characters and enemies take their turns from fastest to slowest, so without speed modifiers, their turn order should remain the same, right? Nope, sometimes, enemies go first, sometimes, your characters go first. The only RPG I really saw semi-resolved this problem was the original Breath of Fire, where healing magic got the first priority each round.
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Two New Tales on: July 06, 2008, 05:22:31 PM
You know, I really don't see why Namco-Bandai doesn't just let other companies localize these games if they aren't going to do it themselves.
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 06, 2008, 05:20:53 PM
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and normal attacks will almost *always* miss or be blocked, even if you attack enemies from the sides or behind.


I've hardly ever had attacks miss in Arc 2. I'm not really all that far along in it I guess so maybe it's something that happens later.

It definitely happens later on in the game, when enemy levels become much higher than those of your party. I know some can tolerate that, but it just broke the game for me.
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 05, 2008, 11:15:42 PM
Yeah, I just got the email from Atlus saying so ^^
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xseed has two surprises for E3 on: July 05, 2008, 09:31:25 PM
It'd probably be unlikely but one of the Tales games Namco-Bandai's American branch refuses to localize would be nice...
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 05, 2008, 04:35:54 PM
It's not divine truth that certain RPGs are great or bad; as far as I'm concerned, RPG quality is purely opinion.
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Suikoden VI on PSP?! on: July 05, 2008, 01:17:59 PM
I guess I meant to say Sony America has always been somewhat moronic with their policies regarding 2-D games and PSP ports that don't have "extra content."
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 05, 2008, 11:54:10 AM
What reviewers actually *say* about games (unless they're quote whores like many movie "critics") is a *lot* more important than some silly numbering system. Some reviewers are good, some are bad, some tend to exaggerate flaws, some underplay them, and so forth. Sometimes, it's just too difficult to know what you're getting into when you get a game, even if you read reviews first...
387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So, Ar Tonelico. on: July 05, 2008, 11:45:23 AM
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Ar tonelico's probably my least favorite of Gust's games, but since some suggest its gameplay it's better, I might actually give its sequel a chance if it's localized.


Atelier Iris 3 is far far worse IMO.

Yeah, it certainly wasn't that series' shining moment, I'll agree.
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So, Ar Tonelico. on: July 05, 2008, 11:01:46 AM
Ar tonelico's probably my least favorite of Gust's games, but since some suggest its gameplay it's better, I might actually give its sequel a chance if it's localized.
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 05, 2008, 10:55:51 AM
I actually like Arc III the best of the collection since it fixes most of the things wrong with its predecessors (like having to center spells on enemies or allies to execute them), and I feel it's a lot more balanced than its predecessors. Arc II is my least favorite since your party will always been dozens of levels below the enemy, and normal attacks will almost *always* miss or be blocked, even if you attack enemies from the sides or behind. If there was a way to fix this problem, it definitely wasn't explained very well in the game or instruction book.

And I actually used to think Twilight of the Spirits was decent, but there's just so many little things wrong with the battle system like the lack of a turn order meter, unbalanced leveling, and that you constantly have to choose between picking up items on the battlefield and attacking enemies, not to mention random encounters on the overworld, which I feel have no place whatsoever in tactical RPGs. That and the final boss was one of the cheapest, longest, and most boring in the history of the genre. And I'll definitely stay away from End of Darkness given what I've heard of it. But hey, if $5 is pocket change to you, go for it.
390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 05, 2008, 10:39:51 AM
I enjoyed Odin Sphere but its beauty is superficial at best, given things like the slowdown and long loading times. In my opinion, there's really no excuse for deep technical problems in a 2-D Playstation 2 game and loading times especially considering many of the environments are recycled.
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